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The President's Visit

  • By : Brian Bush
  • March 19, 2013
  • 9:37 pm

Hello Friends!

Well – it's time to talk President…

US President Barak Obama will touch down in Air Force One here tomorrow at 12:25 pm local time at Ben Gurion Airport.

When he does he will receive a short welcoming ceremony attended by approximately 1000 people, and then tour a display of American sponsored defense systems at the airport which are spread across Israel at certain locations.

Then he will be off in Marine One, the US Marine Corps helicopter, to ferry him up to Jerusalem where he will go to President Shimon Peres's official residence where he will enjoy another ceremony.

After the festivities, there will be a meeting with Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu.

Dinner will then be held at the Prime Minister's residence.

Mr. Obama will be visiting other coordinated sites on Thursday and then be the guest of honor at a State Banquet hosted by President Peres, who will present Mr. Obama with the Presidential Medal of Distinction. One-hundred twenty guests will witness the occation.

All in all, President Obama will be in Israel about 50 hours.

He will also be going to the Palestinian Authority and visiting Ramallah – and make a trip to Bethlehem to the Church of the Nativity.

King Abdullah will be welcoming Mr. Obama in Jordan as well.

Expectations are being kept really low on this visit – which media pundits say is all political with no real substance.

One can be assured though, that the issue of how to deal with Iran over the coming months will be discussed – face to face by the two leaders of Israel and America.

It was announced shortly before Secretary of State John Kerry's arrival this evening, that he will be visiting Israel again, the day after President Obama departs, to discuss the Middle East peace process.

This obviously relieves the President and the Prime Minister of any obligation to discuss such thorny issues as Israeli settlements, final borders, and Jerusalem.

Join me tomorrow on the Harvest Show for my live update from Jerusalem with the latest!

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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